Friday night game: how many genes do we share with other species?

By Grant Jacobs 05/07/2013 1


Here’s a simple game that might amuse readers for a few minutes. It’s an easy game meant for everyone, on the National Geographic website. Your challenge is simply to order the species by how many of their genes are also found in humans.

Give it a go and let us know how you get on.

I got the order of two species around the wrong way – ha! (As explaining my error might be a bit of a spoiler, I’ll tell you in comments later in the weekend.)

Have fun!


Other (mostly lighter) material at Code for life:

One example of why all those genomes from different species are useful to biologists

Scientific baking. Great for those lab meetings or kids’ parties

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Describe your fantasy institute

Investigate magazine struck dumb by numerology of genetic code


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